China Releases Footage of DF-26 Launch

On January 23, China Central Television (CCTV) released footage of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) launching two DF-26 IRBMs in a live-fire exercise. Chinese missile experts suggested the DF-26 can “adjust its position mid-flight to accurately attack a moving aircraft carrier,” possibly using ground and naval radar, as well as the missile’s own onboard radar. The launch footage follows satellite imagery from January 9, showing China’s deployment of DF-26 transporter-erector-launchers (TELs) just north of Alxa in China’s Inner Mongolia region.